Lin Yang is a seasoned cross-discipline, cross-culture entrepreneur, executive, former TV News Anchor. Her career spans across policy, business and media. Currently she is the Founder and President of Innovation Ideas Institute, an innovation themed think tank, and guest lectured at Harvard HTUP program. With her uniquely combined background in TV, VC and higher education, she created "The INNOVATORS", the 1st virtual & visual innovation eco-system for industry leaders, startup disruptors and venture capitalists, adding creativity into innovation. She has also served as a senior advisor for corporations on innovation and a partner for its venture capital investment. She has been a special contributor to major US and Chinese media outlets, and is regarded as a credible China subject matter person and the new generation shaping US-China relations in the international community. Lin is elected as a "Young Global Leader" and a "New Champion" by the World Economic Forum.
Lin's professional footprint ranges from broadcasting at the world's largest TV studios to researching/lecturing at the finest universities to building entrepreneurial think tank and INNOVATORS platform; from researching with farmers in rural mountains to studying the smart manufacturing 4.0 factories; from fireside chats with multinational business leaders to interviews with the most cutting edge startup founders; from conversing with uber drivers in cities around the world to discussing with the brightest minds in US-China policy;
In her recent career in US, she focuses on innovation and globalization. She fosters thought leadership on cross-disciplinary innovation among the academia, business and policy community, studies how international innovation eco-system facilitates and fosters innovation for maximized impact. While she was a Senior Research Associate at Harvard University, she founded the first "China public policy innovation case program" which included first hand interviews and balanced research with various levels of policy makers to bring insights to the international world of academia, government, and business on how China public policies are made in the rapidly changing environment. She also participated in the editorial work of the "White Paper on Chinese Enterprises in US". Lin also served as the assistant director at the center for US-China relations at the Asia Society in New York City and held advisory positions at the interface of business & government for various organizations.
Previously Lin was a TV Anchor for International News with China Central Television in Beijing where she had anchored numerous unprecedented live breaking News events that made China's broadcasting history, as well as interviewed numerous world leaders. She was also with Forbes, CNN Washington bureau in recent years. Lin holds a Master's degree of Public Administration from Harvard University, and frequently speaks at public events and public media about innovation and China.
Besides policy and business, Lin is an amateur pop singer, oil painter, and is passionate about the design and sustainability of fashion.